Did you know that if you eat more Nigerian foods high in protein, you could:
- Feel fuller for longer periods?
- Lose weight more easily?
- Reduce flab and look more toned?
To be honest, I was very skeptical when I first started hearing about the benefits of eating more protein.
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However, I also saw that I was exercising but not seeing the results I was looking for (aka killer ABS!).
My Experience with Nigerian foods high in protein
My quest for abs eventually convinced me to give high protein foods a try.
To my complete amazement, I found out that everything I’d heard was true.
- I feel full and satisfied for a really long time after eating
- It has been easy to maintain my weight after losing so much weight earlier in the year
- My arms do not jiggle and I’m noticing more firmness in my abs and thighs
Needless to say, I’m loving these results!
I was previously under the misconception that if I ate more protein and fewer carbs, I would be hungry all the time.
This hasn’t been the case at all.
I’ve had to experiment to find the right balance of protein and carbs for me – but other than that, eating more high protein Nigerian foods has been a glorious experience.
How to Incorporate Nigerian Foods High in Protein
It’s easy to eat more high protein Nigerian foods.
Just eat your normal amount of food but adjust the quantities so that you have a bit more protein a little less fat and carbs on the plate.
If you’re a vegetarian, there are many amazing Nigerian foods high in protein that you can enjoy as well!
Just peep the list below.
10 Best Nigerian Foods High in Protein
1. Titus Sardines
Fish is generally a great source of protein.
Titus sardines, in particular, are very convenient because they come in those convenient little tins.
This means there is no extra work of removing the scales, cleaning the insides, and trying not to stab yourself with the fins.
2. Goat Meat
Imagine a piece of goat meat that is about the size of a deck of cards.
That little meat is almost 50% of the protein that the average adult needs per day.
Goat meat is a great source of protein (and many other beneficial nutrients like iron).
3. Akara, Moi Moi, or Ewa Riro
Beans is another wonderful Nigerian food that is high in protein and we have so many amazing ways to prepare our beans!
It is also vegetarian-friendly and boasts of epic levels of fiber.
Is there really anything in this life better than groundnuts + garri and cooooold water? I think not!
Groundnuts are also a great option for vegetarians.
5. Crayfish (Dried)
You know what they say. Na condition make crayfish bend – yet, it still contains a good amount of protein and is a good addition to any self-respecting pot of efo egusi.
Milk is another wonderful source of protein.
This is why body builders are notorious for drinking so much of it! They want to look good and they know that protein is a key ingredient to reaching their goals.
Boiled eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, egg stew.
Eggs are one of nature’s most perfect and versatile foods. This is why it’s one of the absolute best high protein Nigerian foods available!
Egg yolks are highly nutritious. However, if you want to enjoy the benefits of protein from eggs but still keep calories under control, you can separate the yolk from the white and eat just the white.
For example, if you’re frying 2 eggs, you can remove the yolk from one egg and only fry 2 whites and 1 yolk. This way, you get a great protein boost but a little less fat and calories.
Similar to beans above, lentils are also another magnificent source or protein. Lentils are also a vegetarian-friendly option.
9. Chicken or Turkey
The best part of any bird to eat for protein is the breast.
While the drumsticks and thighs may be exceptionally delicious, they are a more fatty body part.
The breast contains less fat and more protein. So, if more protein is the end goal, the breast is definitely the way to go.
10. Quaker Oats
No list of Nigerian foods high in protein is complete without mentioning quaker oats.
It’s a great choice for breakfast particularly because of the benefit of helping to keep hunger at bay for a long time.
What’s your favorite food?
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